Angular Stomatitis is a very devastating health condition to have since not only does it affect the sufferer's physical well-being but also their social lives as well. This disease is so encompassing in its nature that medical science has given extra names for it, which are: Angular Cheilosis, Angular Cheilitis, and Perleche.
Angular Stomatitis by definition, "is an inflammatory lesion at the labial commissure, or corner of the mouth, and often occurs bilaterally. The condition manifests as deep cracks or splits. In severe cases, the splits can bleed when the mouth is opened and shallow ulcers or crusts may form".
As of this date, medical science hasn't been able to pinpoint what directly causes the disease to happen, although once it has appeared, the cracks or sores may become infected with the fungus Candida albicans or thrush, and many other deadly pathogens. Some clues point to a person's overall health condition linking it to a susceptibility to the disease. Persons with more than average nutritional deficiencies lack certain vitamins and minerals that otherwise present would help prevent combat the disease.
Individuals that are mostly affected by Angular Stomatitis are the children, young adults, and the elderly. Children are prone to contracting this disease because of their unhealthy habits and practices, such as: bottle-feeding, thumb sucking, and insertion to the oral cavity dirty or contaminated objects. Teenagers undergo hormonal changes to their body's that create imbalances with their immune system. With a weakened immune system, pathogens have greater chances of creating havoc on the skin in the form of pimples, skin irritations, itching and dryness. The elderly, who use dentures that may be ill-fitting and experience jaw muscle deterioration, also have greater chances of experiencing Angular Stomatitis when the folds of the lips pool with bacteria-laden saliva, thereby irritating the skin that leads to skin breakage or splitting.
A lesser form of skin irritation is the occurrence of chapped or dry lips when exposed to a severe cold spell or during winter time. Again, children and teenagers are most likely to get affected for the reasons mentioned above. When this happens, the person who experiences the onset of drying of the lips should not practice the habit of constant licking of the lips as this may only aggravate the condition. Small applications of lip balm or Vaseline medicated gel can help cure the condition, as well as relieve its painful effects.
Angular Stomatitis is painful and embarrassing to have. Whatever the underlying causes are, the condition should be treated as early as possible to help prevent further complications from happening. Remember, "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure".Pimple On Lip